Madhya Pradesh- The Heart of India
Madhya Pradesh has been famously nicknamed as "The Heart of India" because of its location. Located right at the centre of the country, it is the second biggest state in India, areawise.
Why Visit Madhya Pradesh
If you are a person looking for samples of the rich cultural and historical heritage of India, you must visit Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho Temple, forts of Gwalior etc. are must-see places here.
The state of Madhya Pradesh lies in the plain regions of the country. The state got its name from its geographical location since “Madhya Pradesh” literally means “Central Region”. If talked about its geographical location, this state is bounded completely with the borders of few other states but does not have a border touching to any other country and nor has a touching shoreline. Towards the northern end is the state of Uttar Pradesh while towards the western side is Rajasthan and Gujarat. The southern end is bounded by Maharashtra and the eastern touches with Chhattisgarh that was till 2000 part of Madhya Pradesh state.
Madhya Pradesh has never been encouraged as a tourist place but rather it is a place that is richly adorned with the historical monuments, ancient pictures and portraits, religious monuments with erotic sculptures and various tribal communities. Despite of all these richness, the tourists arrangements have never been much encouraged in the state.
Because of its geographical location, the state is also at times referred to as Heart of the country. The cultural practice of this region is by communities like Hindu, Islam, and Buddhist etc. The state is adorned with countless monuments, divinely engraved temples, sculptures, historical garrison and bastions. Madhya Pradesh has also received the Best Tourism State Award for 2012.
The natural diversity of the state can be seen in every part. The highlands of the mountain ranges of the Vindhyas and Satpuras are the other reason that makes this state distinguishable. The high mountains are the source of rivers like Narmada and Tapti that flows towards east from west whereas from west to east it is source for Chambal, Betwa, Sone and Mahanadi. Impressive and enormous hills, the snaky rivers flowing throw these hills and the almost endless thick forests gives this place an inimitable reason for tourists to come and feel this place. The wildlife of the area is vast. Almost one third land of the state is covered by thick forests and this is the reason this place has numerous wildlife sanctuaries and few of them to be named are National Park of Kanha, Shivpuri and Bandhavgarh etc. Tourists can have a treat to watch tigers, bisons and different species of deer and antelope.
The current state of Madhya Pradesh was formed in 1956 but its historical importance makes it clear the place has always been known during ancient times.
Fairs & Festivals in Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh has a rich ancient history. Some of the famous fairs and festivals celebrated here are Lokrang and Khajuraho dance festivals, Tansen Sangeet Samaroh and Pachmarhi Utsav.
Fair & Festival (Arwa Teej, Bhagoria Festival, Bhojali Festival, Chaitra Festival Dance, Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival, Chherta Festival, Fair of Nagaji, Gana-Gour Festival, Ganga Dashmi, Ghadlya, Ghaila Ceremony, Gobardhan, Hareli or Hariri, Jhansi Festival, Kajri Navami, Kaksar Dance, Karam Festival, Khajuraho Festival of Dance, Koqsar, Kujlaya Festival, Laru Kaj Festival, Lavani Festival, Maanch, Madai Festival, Malwa Festival, Matki Dance Festival, Meghnad, Navanna, Pandum Festival, Ras-Nawa Festival, Saila Dance Festival, Sanja Festival, Shivaratri, Sugga Dance Festival, Suwata, Tansen Music Festival, Tejaji Fair)
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Notable Personalities From Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh is known for producing quite a large number of educated politicians. Shankar Dayal Sharma, who was India's 9th President, is a valid proof to this fact.
Some of the acclaimed actors who have given great performances in positive and negative roles, like Govind Namdev have their origins in the highly cultural state of Madhya Pradesh.
Culture in Madhya Pradesh
People of various religions and castes reside in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The culture is quite diverse. Folk songs and dance and dance dramas based on Hindu religion are quite famous here.
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Cities & Destinations in Madhya Pradesh
The capital city of Bhopal is widely visited by tourists. Some of the other must-see tourist spots here are Gwalior (forts), Khajuraho (temple), Orchha (archaeological ruins), Kanha (tiger reserve) etc.